- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: David C. Cook; 1 edition (Jan. 1 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1434704890
- ISBN-13: 978-1434704894
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sacred Search Paperback – Jan 1 2013
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"Singles, pay attention. Gary knows marriage, and is eager to help those of us desiring marriage get there with confidence and grace."--Lisa Anderson
"Gary creates a compelling argument that shifts the believer's view of relationships, dating, and marriage to focus on something greater. I'm thankful Gary has created this resource."--Joy Eggerichs
""The Sacred Search "will help those who desire marriage to pursue it in a manner that deepens their faith, honors God, and blesses their future spouse."--Jim Daly
""Why should I get married?" could be the most important questions Milennials are asking. Gary Thomas helps this generation navigate the "why" in a Christ-honoring way."--Esther Fleece
"Marriages are falling apart all around us and I believe Gary Thomas has just gone straight to the root. Gary just built a map to help you see through the emotion and infatuation to God's heart for dating and marriage."--Jennie Allen
"Gary Thomas dismantles contemporary philosophies on love, sexuality, and marital union by offering strong arguments for why they have not been successful. His appeal to a kingdom-first perspective gives both hope and healing for a generation in desperate need of a fresh and Christ-centered understanding of God's plan for marriage. This book is a must-read before anyone says 'I do.'"--Michelle Anthony
"Gary Thomas looks at the heart of a subject that many consider him an expert on successful marriage. Anyone who is dating, engaged, or hopes to be one day needs to read this book!"--Ed Young"
"Gary Thomas debunks the mythical search for a soul mate to help you choose a 'sole-mate' someone who will lay down their life in faithful love. This biblically based book is for anyone who wants to be wise in their pursuit of a spouse."--Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott"
"Filled with questions to make you think and teaching that will bring 'aha' moments, this book is a must read for everyone considering marriage. I highly recommend it to you I wish I'd had it when I was single!"--Linda Dillow"
"The Sacred Search will help those who desire marriage to pursue it in a manner that deepens their faith, honors God, and blesses their future spouse."--Jim Daly
From the Back Cover
Gary Thomas looks at the heart of a subject that many consider him an expert onsuccessful marriage. Anyone who is dating, engaged, or hopes to be one day needs to read this book!
Ed Young, senior pastor, Fellowship Church, and author of The New York Timesbestseller Sexperiment
Singles, pay attention. Gary knows marriage, and is eager to help those of us desiring marriage get there with confidence and grace.
Lisa Anderson, Focus on the Familys director of young adults and host of The Boundless Show, www.boundless.org
Gary Thomas debunks the mythical search for a soul mate to help you choose a sole-matesomeone who will lay down their life in faithful love. This biblically based book is for anyone who wants to be wise in their pursuit of a spouse.
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts
Gary creates a compelling argument that shifts the believers view of relationships, dating, and marriage to focus on something greater. Im thankful Gary has created this resource.
Joy Eggerichs, director of Love & Respect Now
"The Sacred Search will help those who desire marriage to pursue it in a manner that deepens their faith, honors God, and blesses their future spouse.
Jim Daly, President - Focus on the Family
Marriages are falling apart all around us and I believe Gary Thomas has just gone straight to the root. Gary just built a map to help you see through the emotion and infatuation to Gods heart for dating and marriage.
Jennie Allen, author of Anything
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This book is well written, biblical, practical, and very, very helpful. I highly recommend to any Christian who is single, dating, or is/will be involved in any sort of counselling related to relationships and marriage.
Gary Thomas wants you to take the pursuit of marriage very seriously, and he does so quite skillfully, addressing not only the why of marriage but also helping you think through the many questions you will want to face as you consider a future partner. He will help you see your blind spots, keep your feelings in check, understand your own desires for marriage, and all around give you a healthy system with which to prepare for and seek out marriage. Thomas' experience over the many years of counselling thousands of couples shines through each page with principles, stories, and strong convictions. He has many a hard word for us to hear, but we would do well to take them seriously.
Hard to think of anything I found dissatisfying about the book, other than it might make people who overthink things (like myself) think even more. I definitely found myself reconsidering if I even wanted to be married! But when it comes to the most important decision you'll have to make (outside following Christ), I guess it is worth thinking about to a great depth.
Read it. You will not regret it.
Read the Kindle edition and was very satisfied with it. It's not a book with diagrams or the like, so Kindle format is very sufficient.
Generally speaking, the book is short but sweet and to the point. You would probably want to read cover to cover, but some chapters could very well be used as a stand-alone if you or someone you're working with are shorter on time.
There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter that are helpful for thinking through and make the book suitable for small group study.
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